Forgive from the Heart #728

23  Therefore the kingdom of heaven is like a certain king who wanted to settle accounts with his servants. 24  And when he had begun to settle accounts, one was brought to him who owed him ten thousand talents. 25  But as he was not able to pay, his master commanded that he be sold, with his wife and children and all that he had, and that payment be made. 26  The servant therefore fell down before him, saying, ‘Master, have patience with me, and I will pay you all.’ 27  Then the master of that servant was moved with compassion, released him, and forgave him the debt. (Matthew 18:23–27, NKJV)

No doubt, the king in this parable alludes to God Himself and each servant, a disciple of Christ (see Matt. 18:21-22). Jesus illustrates how we must forgive each us with compassion or “from the heart” (Matt. 18:33-35). In Christ, God forgives sinners compassionately and completely. This is our pattern to follow in forgiving others. Forgiveness is about releasing a person from a debt they owe. God forgives our debt of sin. We must not refuse to forgive those who have sinned against us. If we do, He will not forgive us (Matt. 18:35). Have compassion, and forgive one another.